Kris Kristofferson - All Time Greatest Hits CD
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There is also his later country-gospel classic Why Me that spent ages on the US charts and the beautiful ballad with Rita Coolidge, I'd Rather Be Sorry. My other favourites include Jesus Was A Capricorn and Loving Her Was Easier. Kristofferson's limited vocal range and talking style ensured that other artists made hits of his compositions, but his earthy tones have a charm of their own, while his tales of losers came long before Tom Waits. This is a great album if you're into authentic rebel country and singer/songwriter folk music. All Time Greatest Hits is a classic of ageless songs, done with feeling.
Among the eighteen tracks are three of Kristofferson's own hits, "Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)," "Josie" and "Why Me" (his only #1 as performer). Also included are numerous roughly voiced originals of songs popularized by others. His LP debut take of "Me and Bobby McGee," shows off the weary, hobo flavor missing from Joplin's later hippies-on-the-road reading. Similarly, the cracking vocal and occasional flat note of "Help Me Make It Through the Night" reveals a desperation unmatched by the many subsequent covers.
A career as prosperous as Kristofferson's can't possibly be covered in a mere eighteen tracks. This is further complicated (on an album of the songwriter's performances) by songs he wrote but never released on his own. Early titles like "Viet Nam Blues" (Dave Dudley) and "Your Time's Comin'" (Faron Young) seem to be missing from Kristofferson's performance catalog, and though he recorded "Please Don't Tell Me How It Ends" (a hit for Ronnie Milsap), it doesn't appear here.Read more ›
So on this compilation you will find his original recordings of songs that have become classics across several different genres of music, including pop, rock, country, soul, R+B and reggae. The most successful song of all is Help me make it through the night, which has charted for several different singers. Sammi Smith was first, selling two million copies in the USA, topping the country charts and reaching the top ten in the pop charts. John Holt, a fine reggae singer, took it high up the British charts. Another popular song, For the good times, was a country hit for Ray Price and a pop hit for Perry Como. Among the other singers who have been successful with his songs are Janis Joplin (Me and Bobby McGhee), Johnny Cash (Sunday morning coming down), Waylon Jennings (The taker) and Brenda Lee (Nobody wins), but this is by no means a complete list.
This, then, is a fine collection of music by an outstanding songwriter who, despite his vocal limitations, is worth an occasional listen.
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I bought it for one song to play at a funeral. "Why Me" has always been a favorite of mine..Published 20 months ago by Jody Henson
I cannot believe I have only just discovered this artist. Of course I knew of him, but was totally unaware that he had written these songs, I love his gravelly voice especially... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer